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Quit Your Day Job: soulyyours

Feb 8, 2010

by soulyyours

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Barbe of soulyyours spent over twenty years working in the public school system before leaving to take on her growing Etsy shop full time. While in the process of transitioning to a part-time schedule in order to plan ahead for the big leap, Barbe was let go like so many others this past June. Since becoming her own boss, Barbe can’t imagine how she did it any other way.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I was volunteering with Hospice of Summa’s art therapy program, assisting Beth Wade, of Beth Wade Design, with activities for children having been touched by death. I was commissioned by a couple involved in the program to draw the logo for a 5K race, in memory of a daughter they’d lost; they wanted the caricature created in her image. Realizing the importance of symbolic mementos after having lost a loved one, I decided to design angel pins. After a lot of trial and error, Internet searching, and guidance by other artists, I stumbled upon precious metal clay (clay comprised of fine silver particles, water, and an organic binder that becomes 99.9% fine silver once fired in a kiln) and my first designs came to life! Since then, my pins (now retired), along with my other handmade original rustic jewelry designs, have been sold at juried art shows, galleries, and of course here on Etsy!

Tell us about your previous working situation:
I began my full-time work experience in 1986. Its initial purpose was not one of passion, but a means to a nice paycheck and a sound retirement. After the birth of my daughter Chelle in 2007, it became very difficult juggling a full-time job, running a small business, and giving quality time to my family. I was exhausted by the end of the day. Wanting to accumulate a couple of more years towards my 25-year retirement before setting out full time on my own, I decided to go from a management salary to a secretarial salary within the public school system. I relished in the thought of fewer hours, long winter holidays, spring breaks, and glorious summers. Not unlike many other businesses touched by recent economic challenges, as a low woman on the seniority scale, I was laid off after a year of employment in June of 2009.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Not at first. I didn’t really have a concrete plan of where I wished to take my business. I pretty much stumbled upon Etsy, and after getting up enough confidence, decided to post my first piece in 2006. After some time away, I decided to revisit Etsy in 2007— when my daughter was just a few months old, and I was seriously considering other career options. In 2008, I began making a commitment to Etsy, building my shop, and posting on a regular basis.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
Working for the school system, I was already prepared to be without a paycheck during the summer months. Given a couple of months notice prior to my layoff, I made certain our family bills were in order and stocked away funds enough to cover expenses regardless of how my Etsy sales and art shows were going.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I would probably receive a “D” in marketing…

  • Although, I’ve found that wearing my jewelry is probably one of the best free promotions!
  • Visibility at art shows has proven a huge marketing outlet for me, bringing in many repeat local customers, wholesale accounts, and commissions.
  • I absolutely love Etsy Treasuries! The luck of the draw with capturing one or being featured in one (thanks Kara of Knme) makes the home page is a sure marketing success!
  • Listing, listing, listing! For me, with the right mix of balance and timing, this has proven a sure way to increase my visibility and sales on Etsy.
  • I am a proud member of the Etsy Metal Clay Team, an absolutely amazing Team of fine silver jewelry artisans! The Team offers a wonderful support system, a wealth of resources, as well as an avenue for cross promoting.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
On occasion I’ve purchased ads. I noticed little, if any, increase in sales. I’ve been a bit more consistent with blogging than I have been with Twitter, and I use Facebook mainly to keep up with friends.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • 6:00 a.m. — The alarm rings, and I make my way to my zen space and practice meditation and yoga.
  • 6:30 a.m. — I indulge in a cup of coffee while catching up on news, emails/Convos, Etsy Metal Clay Team posts, and Facebook. Somewhere in the midst, I kiss Jeff goodbye as he leaves for work, and greet my daughter Chelle good morning. Then, it’s time for a warm milk sippy before breakfast (for Mommy, Chelle, and our Great Dane Moia) and getting dressed. While Chelle is playing, I prep dinner.
  • 9:00 a.m. — A couple of days a week, Chelle visits her grandparents so that I can work uninterrupted. Eventually, she will be attending the Spring Garden Waldorf School part time; otherwise, she “helps” me in my studio (mixed with a bit of free play, coloring, play dough, and reading). I print out, fill orders and pop them in the mailbox for our wonderful USPS man to pick up (very convenient and saves gas). Early in the week, I design (make/finish jewelry), and towards the end of the week I complete administrative tasks (order supplies, research, marketing, finances, etc.)
  • 11:00 a.m. — During lunch, Chelle watches PBS, and I check emails, relist items, and check out the Etsy Forums and blog.
  • 12:00 p.m. — While Chelle naps for a couple of hours, I work hard at finishing any remaining tasks.
  • 2:00 p.m. — Chelle wakes up and sits on my lap while we share conversation and a snack, and when the weather is nice, we enjoy a bit of play outdoors. Jeff arrives home shortly thereafter, and a few days a week, I’m off to teach my creative awareness through jewelry making workshops (Promise Project) to elementary age school children.
  • 5:30 p.m. — I arrive back home for dinner and the majority of the evening is spent with my family, outside of relisting a couple of pieces.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Bathtime and story for Chelle, followed by her bedtime.
  • 9:00 p.m. — At last, some free time with Jeff! …and the computer, checking emails, relisting, Facebook.


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I love being home, I love spending these irreplaceable moments with my baby girl — it feels so natural! I have my social moments, but I love my space and serene moments — the flexibility to draw from within. I certainly don’t miss the drama and tension of deadlines. I love living my passion! I love not feeling sacrificed.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
It did take some time adjusting to the inconsistent paycheck after 20+ years! But, it’s been a true lesson in priorities, and being able to joyfully live without spending just to spend. The comments of others who don’t necessarily perceive what I do as “real work,” because I enjoy it and because I do so from the comfort of my home, can be frustrating. Creating balance can be a challenge — trying to “leave work” in the evenings/weekends to fully be in the moment with my family and friends. Not being so hard on myself when I feel I’ve accomplished less than I should have on any given day. Although the Internet creates a world of opportunities unlike any other, with that comes the pressure as an entrepreneur to hop on every digital tool/marketing bandwagon. There is only so much time in one day… really.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Not to wait for the universe to make the decision for me. My sister had been encouraging me for years to set out on my own. Now that I have, it’s hard to believe that I did it any other way. Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take. It is never too late to start dreaming about what you want to be when you grow up.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?

  • Finding new, economically viable ways to market my shop.
  • Presenting new collections I’ve had on the back-burner for a while.
  • Happy customers, healthy sales!


Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I can’t say enough about how wonderful Etsy is! Not merely a place to display and sell your wares, but a wonderful community of support and resources! The world seems a bit cozier being able to connect with so many wonderful people! Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit more about me!

Thanks to Barbe for sharing her story. You can see some of Barbe‘s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

206 comments

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 6 years ago

    Congrats soulyyours!! Gorgeous work, and a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  • reflectionsbyds

    reflectionsbyds said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • AntiNu

    AntiNu said 6 years ago

    Is the fingerpainting for sale :B That is so sweet!

  • AntiNu

    AntiNu said 6 years ago

    Is the fingerpainting for sale? :B That is so sweet!!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 6 years ago

    Lovely story about how soulyyours got started. Beautiful jewelry, too! Here's to her continued success!

  • caseysharpe

    caseysharpe said 6 years ago

    I always love these- they're so encouraging for those of us who're trying to make it as full time artists/crafters!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful...I love the picture of your daughter! Thanks for the tips :)

  • Lady80

    Lady80 said 6 years ago

    Great story! I can totally relate because I'm also working in the public school system while managing a shop here on Etsy. I find myself thinking about my business all the time, about ways to grow it and be successful. I agree with how natural it feels to be your own boss and do things on your own terms..and to be honest, since I was a college student for so many years, I've never gotten used to a steady paycheck. I'm inspired to rethink my passion and priorities..thanks.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have a beautiful daughter!

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I've been working hard to adjust my daily schedule and what you've mentioned do let me rethink some part of my daily life.

  • sweetcarolinadesign

    sweetcarolinadesign said 6 years ago

    Great story! It's always inspiring to see sellers that have been able to make Etsy their primary job!

  • lorilooms

    lorilooms said 6 years ago

    Fabulous story! CONGRATS! ;)

  • RedFenyx

    RedFenyx said 6 years ago

    Great story! Congratulations!

  • UltimateOrganicSoap

    UltimateOrganicSoap said 6 years ago

    Always love reading these stories! Great work and good luck in the days to come.

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 6 years ago

    congratulations - i love your packaging!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 6 years ago

    Great story...thanks for sharing!!

  • flamingo

    flamingo said 6 years ago

    What a nice feel good story, you do beautiful work. Congratulations.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and inspiring story ~ thanks for sharing! :)

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for this story, this Quit Your Day Job series is so great! Very inspiring, and I love to read about how other sellers manage their store while also juggling their own duties.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    beautiful work! many wishes for your continued success!

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 6 years ago

    Amazing work!

  • zadoodle

    zadoodle said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and inspiring to us stay-at-home moms. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • DrCraze

    DrCraze said 6 years ago

    Congratulations soulyyours!!! Your work has been on my radar for awhile.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Barbe! Yet another great example of the many fine artists here in Northeast Ohio. Best wishes for your continuing success!

  • sydg

    sydg said 6 years ago

    your work is very inspiring!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 6 years ago

    You are so beautiful in all ways, thanks for sharing your inspiring story.

  • sydg

    sydg said 6 years ago

    Your work and story are very inspiring!

  • galit

    galit said 6 years ago

    Really inspiring! thank you for sharing some great ideas!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and great a story!

  • unikmotif

    unikmotif said 6 years ago

    Really enjoy reading this interview. Her jewelery is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your success story (great organized time line). I love your balance of family and work. Congrats and best wishes.

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 6 years ago

    beautiful work and inspiring story. I especially like the idea- "of not waiting for the universe to decide it for you!" thanks so much

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 6 years ago

    Barbe, your handmade items are beautiful. I wish you continued success!

  • michon

    michon said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, and way to bounce back from being laid off!

  • childdeluxe

    childdeluxe said 6 years ago

    Love your work and your day plan... inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 6 years ago

    Fantastic shop! Loved reading your story. And your daughter is adorable!!! :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    I always love reading these "Quit Your Day Job" articles. Congrats, soulyyours, on your success! Great designs! I especially like the Winter Solstice and Awaken necklaces.

  • HatsandHalos

    HatsandHalos said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your an inspiration to many. Good Luck to you and your family.

  • vintageNsome

    vintageNsome said 6 years ago

    Very cool and your items are beautifull.

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud said 6 years ago

    Congrats :) it was a pleasure discover your Etsy shop !!! U made lovely and so unique things :)

  • okaySK

    okaySK said 6 years ago

    "Not to wait for the universe to make the decisions for me" You said it. This is a great interview. Thanx

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 6 years ago

    Very pretty items! Well done.

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 6 years ago

    Love these articles! Congrats on your success! xoxo

  • HatsandHalos

    HatsandHalos said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration your story touches me as a stay at home mom and wish you much success on your business!

  • AgJewelryDesign

    AgJewelryDesign said 6 years ago

    Barbe, of course you know that I think YOU ROCK! Tamra

  • MunroBoutique

    MunroBoutique said 6 years ago

    thankyou and well done!! i get so inspired reading these!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 6 years ago

    Such an insprational story. Thank you so much for sharing :)

  • modadimagno

    modadimagno said 6 years ago

    That is FANTASTIC! So proud of you!

  • LolaRain

    LolaRain said 6 years ago

    Thank you for your truly inspiring words! Your story reaffirmed my own path...leaving a full time job to live my passion. What a beautiful life and work you have created! Amazing.

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 6 years ago

    yay! go Barbe! :)

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 6 years ago

    I have hearted your pieces for a while! Very best wishes to you!!!!

  • WearableByDesign

    WearableByDesign said 6 years ago

    Wonderful artist and person!! I'm so glad to be a metal clay team member with Barbe!!

  • DreamSome

    DreamSome said 6 years ago

    Yay Barbe, wonderful job!!

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 6 years ago

    Hopefully I will be able to leave the school system one day.Thanks for sharing your story.

  • lulubugjewelry

    lulubugjewelry said 6 years ago

    Barbe is a fantastic artist and wonderful person! Yay Barbe!

  • handbagcave

    handbagcave said 6 years ago

    Congrats! love the very original and funky jewelry!!!

  • aggieray

    aggieray said 6 years ago

    What a truly inspiring story! Enough to encourage others to do the same!

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 6 years ago

    sweet!

  • Weezawear

    Weezawear said 6 years ago

    Congrats on all your success. I'm aspiring to do the same and its great to see that it can actually happen.

  • RussianDollDesigns

    RussianDollDesigns said 6 years ago

    lovely pendants!

  • liveclay

    liveclay said 6 years ago

    I love these little items, they are very special. And I can totally relate to a household consisting of one child and one dog. That's our family too!

  • beautifulCORRUPTION

    beautifulCORRUPTION said 6 years ago

    WOW. This is so inspiring, and very heart-warming too. Congratulations on your success, especially for doing it your way. P.S. Chelle is simply gorgeous! <3

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Very inspiring! LOVE your stuff!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 6 years ago

    I just saw we live close to each other! Small world!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing! A lovely story :)

  • ThreadRare

    ThreadRare said 6 years ago

    What a happy, inspiring story. And a sweet little girl!

  • benddownboutique

    benddownboutique said 6 years ago

    i absolutely love your jewellery. as a student trying to balance college, work and my social life as well as etsy, this has helped me so much =)- mega inspired! i do intend to buy some of your jewellery, as soon as i have money to spend! haha x

  • melsartbuffet

    melsartbuffet said 6 years ago

    Thank you Soulyyours for your eloquent words. Truely inspiring!

  • KomisCouture

    KomisCouture said 6 years ago

    Congrats Barbe! This is so exciting, it's always wonderful to hear and see someone's dreams come true! :) I wish you continued success in your ventures! -Krista

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great story and nice pieces!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 6 years ago

    Barbe you have done so well - good for you. Wishing you every success! Great article, loved to read it!

  • LaBellaCandela

    LaBellaCandela said 6 years ago

    I love these stories! Beautiful work and photography!

  • BrickRoadBoutique

    BrickRoadBoutique said 6 years ago

    I just loved reading your story. It really gives me hope. Your work is beautiful and meaningful and you deserve the success! Keep up the creative work!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    That was great.

  • cutelittlething

    cutelittlething said 6 years ago

    Ah....yes, still dreaming of what I want to be when I grow up!

  • miachic

    miachic said 6 years ago

    beatiful stuff! love the earthyness of her desigsn! check out my vintage style jewelry store! http://www.miachic.etsy.com

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 6 years ago

    "It is never too late to start dreaming about what you want to be when you grow up." Aaaaaaa, love this line ;)

  • catherinelunashea

    catherinelunashea said 6 years ago

    very inspirational! Thanks. And lovely jewelry.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful your interview, your story and of course your jewelry. Your shop is really nice and reading your story inspires me. Thank you

  • pinkpursecreative

    pinkpursecreative said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs! Absolutely love the crush necklace.

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 6 years ago

    Nice article! Congrats on your success!

  • katjojo

    katjojo said 6 years ago

    i starred AWAKEN- love your stuff~ thanks for being willing to share yourself with us!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 6 years ago

    inspiring thanks for sharing

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Congrats!! Beautiful work and inspirating story.

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Very neat items!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!! as always, inspiring story :)

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the article, Barbe and of course I love your work!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 6 years ago

    lovely work - go girl!

  • MangoTango

    MangoTango said 6 years ago

    CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS, Barbe!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 6 years ago

    Fantastic designs! Your story will encourage others...thank you.

  • eroa

    eroa said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • eroa

    eroa said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • meljensdesigns

    meljensdesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured, thank you for the wonderfully inspirational insight! Your daughter is adorable, and your jewelry is really awesome. :-)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    your store pictures are wonderful. i love the contrast of the metal and wood and the soft romantic effect you give the photos. beautiful work.

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 6 years ago

    beautiful story and shop!! happy to hear another happy story of mom's on etsy!

  • Heartwoven

    Heartwoven said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, for inspiring those of us who are still trying to attain that independent path. Your work is beautiful and so is your spirit! Peace.

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! "Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take." I have goosebumps!!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing! beautiful designs!

  • clynstudio

    clynstudio said 6 years ago

    wonderful success story, lovely pieces, beautiful person and Mom. An inspiration.

  • quenchmetalworks

    quenchmetalworks said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Your shop is faboush!

  • DaisyJaneDesigns

    DaisyJaneDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congrats Barbe! You are truly and inspiration.

  • LizardsJewelry

    LizardsJewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story, team mate (go EMC Team!)and artist!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Love the "Souly Yours"! Very inspiring and your work is just beautiful!

  • dinaalexander

    dinaalexander said 6 years ago

    Go Barbe, congratulation EMC team mate!!!

  • ReSpirit

    ReSpirit said 6 years ago

    Congrats Sis! :)

  • ScarletandtheSea

    ScarletandtheSea said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. Really aspirational!

  • redhot66

    redhot66 said 6 years ago

    It's always nice to hear about Etsy seller success instead of those other sites out there that act like it's a fantasy! Congrats on your success and I hope it lasts and lasts.

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 6 years ago

    yeah, it's the time with the kids that makes you work harder for this! Congrats!

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! Many congratulations! :)

  • 310jewelry

    310jewelry said 6 years ago

    Congrats. Right there with you.... Public school system full time, jewelry part time... you're life is my goal. :)

  • itsmolly

    itsmolly said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your product is gorgeous. I loved reading your daily schedule and the time you spend with your family. Very inspiring information, thanks for sharing. I've got some Qs I'll ask in the Lab :o) ~Molly

  • phoenixartstudio

    phoenixartstudio said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It's an inspiration and I can only pray that one day I might have a similar story of success to tell. Thank you again!

  • DaywaltsStudio

    DaywaltsStudio said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad to personally know you. You're such an inspiration and you always bring a smile to my face. I love what you do and what you bring to the community. You are making the little corner of our world (NE Ohio) a much better place to live. xoxo

  • SmileOfAnubisLeather

    SmileOfAnubisLeather said 6 years ago

    These are absolutely beautiful pieces of jewelry! I love them!

  • jkadesigns

    jkadesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Love your pendants.

  • BlackDaisyDesigns

    BlackDaisyDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. Every time I read these articles, I get a little boost of hope that I can do this too. :)

  • MarleyLondon

    MarleyLondon said 6 years ago

    "Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take." That is a great quote. I think I'll meditate on that all day. Thanks. I needed it!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

  • floria

    floria said 6 years ago

    Great article! Very inspiring!

  • PetitePersonalities

    PetitePersonalities said 6 years ago

    Congrats Soulyyours! I absolutely love what you said about "never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take". Isn't that the truth! I just opened my shop on Etsy and plan to use that thought process to make my shop a success. Thanks for the reminder of how it should be done. Beautiful work!

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Barbe! :) Your story is so inspiring, I don't have any babies yet, but when I have them I'd love to work in my passion for jewelry and share with them all the time I can, I hope someday my shop can fulfill that goal too :) And thank you for your advice "Not to wait for the universe to make the decision for me"... so true!

  • MonkeyCatBoutique

    MonkeyCatBoutique said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story.

  • Lambert

    Lambert said 6 years ago

    Barbe comes across as a rare combo of good human qualities and talent. Very good feature (good call Marymary)

  • backyardcolorado

    backyardcolorado said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story-beautiful people-beautiful wares!

  • mamieldesigns

    mamieldesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your work! Always enjoy reading how Etsians have gotted to where they are and the path they have taken.

  • CuriOhs

    CuriOhs said 6 years ago

    Lovely Jewelry! :)

  • lisaleeworks

    lisaleeworks said 6 years ago

    Your work is really nice and unique. Its interesting to see how life just happens, ya know? Not initally expecting anything more than to see where something goes, yet here you are! Life is good. Live Well--lisalee

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo said 6 years ago

    "Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take." I almost fell over when I read that from you, because I've never heard it being said that way. That really speaks miles of wisdom and truth. Thank you for sharing beautiful story, jewelry, and insight!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 6 years ago

    congratulations! great story

  • jubilantwares

    jubilantwares said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring and you make beautiful stuff....makes me realize I need to go re-work, re- think my store...

  • NoisyButterfly

    NoisyButterfly said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items.

  • alefran25

    alefran25 said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! beautiful jewelry!!

  • greenleafcreative

    greenleafcreative said 6 years ago

    Lovely...I can relate!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 6 years ago

    I love reading these success stories. They're so inspiring!

  • VYNALEKdesigns

    VYNALEKdesigns said 6 years ago

    INSPIRING!

  • valleygirldesigns

    valleygirldesigns said 6 years ago

    I Love the style of all your items, great advice too. Best of luck!

  • FunnyLittleBird

    FunnyLittleBird said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story and such an inspiration to keep working hard!

  • Veruchka

    Veruchka said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing - it is exactly how I would like to spend my time - with my big family and creating.

  • herrohachi

    herrohachi said 6 years ago

    "It is never too late to start dreaming about what you want to be when you grow up." - i love that! congrats on your success soulyyours!

  • EASantangelo

    EASantangelo said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and your story is inspirational! I admire your balance or family and personal fulfillment. I think it is fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

  • Beaddles

    Beaddles said 6 years ago

    This is so inspirational. You do beautiful work.

  • mykky

    mykky said 6 years ago

    I especially liked hearing, "Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take." I love your work!

  • brianarose

    brianarose said 6 years ago

    its a dream!

  • thriftage

    thriftage said 6 years ago

    Great work, love the packaging!

  • artdecadence

    artdecadence said 6 years ago

    What a stunningly beautiful lady you are! And the precious metal jewels are the best of this type I've ever seen...bravo girl!

  • emmybo

    emmybo said 6 years ago

    The "Quit Your Day Job" articles are always my favorite, but I found this one to be particulary inspiring- thank-you for sharing your work and spirit with us :-) All my best to you!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 6 years ago

    Barbe, your work is just beautiful! It's an inspiration, reading your story.

  • natchahandmade

    natchahandmade said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Barbe~ enjoyed reading your story, very inspiring~ Your daughter is adorable finger painting with mommy. Your designs and picture taking are beautiful. Wish you continued success on Etsy and where life takes you and your family in the future.

  • RabbitHoleProduction

    RabbitHoleProduction said 6 years ago

    Never to late to find ones way! Congrats!

  • AmyMadden

    AmyMadden said 6 years ago

    I also recently left a teaching career to focus more on my own art. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! The money may be less steady than before (believe me, I know!), but it seems that you are creating a wonderfully creative and nurturing experience for your daughter- which is the most priceless thing of all.

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 6 years ago

    Great story! Thank you for sharing and I wish you continued success!

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 said 6 years ago

    great story!

  • Squier

    Squier said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article and fabulous jewelry pieces! A great inspiration.

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 6 years ago

    What a nice inspiring story! Thanks for sharing and much continued success!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Soulyyours! Keep going. One day you would look back and say "This is more than I dreamed of." Very inspiring.

  • ChichiChick

    ChichiChick said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Barbe, I'm inspired!

  • gashjewels

    gashjewels said 6 years ago

    your work is so unique..good for you for being able to leave your day job and make your dreams a reality !

  • CitrusMoonArt

    CitrusMoonArt said 6 years ago

    Fabulous and inspiring! "Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take." . . . I love that!

  • LiahLovesLuna

    LiahLovesLuna said 6 years ago

    OMG I love your jewelry and your story! Congrats to you! Just what I needed to read today to keep myself on the positive track these days! :)

  • VixensEmpire

    VixensEmpire said 6 years ago

    I love love love the photo of you at the beginning of the article! And these "quit your day job" articles are my favorite part of reading the Etsy blog. So glad you made it work :)

  • StitchSprite

    StitchSprite said 6 years ago

    Great story! Love this metal work.

  • hillaryheydle

    hillaryheydle said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful profile full of inspiration!! This is what I, too, needed today. Your spirit, your story and your beautiful work, all have encouraged me to stay on my path. Blessings!

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 6 years ago

    I love hearing stories of working mom artists. Just hearing someone's schedule is so helpful. Beautiful jewelry. Congratulations on your success.

  • Flatoutfunky

    Flatoutfunky said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the story.. It was really nice to read something inspiring today.

  • bobbiepene

    bobbiepene said 6 years ago

    So inspiring - I aspire to have your success someday.

  • lapisbeach

    lapisbeach said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing soulyyours...your pieces are so beautiful...and unique.

  • soulybarb

    soulybarb said 6 years ago

    Love your jewellery, your story, and your shop name:)

  • nomoredisco

    nomoredisco said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work - Very inspiring

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 6 years ago

    I loved this article especially this part "Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take. It is never too late to start dreaming about what you want to be when you grow up" brilliant! congratulations x

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince said 6 years ago

    Great interview thanks for sharing.

  • ASJArtworks

    ASJArtworks said 6 years ago

    What a great story to start out my day :-) And beautiful jewelry, too!

  • prairiechicxx

    prairiechicxx said 6 years ago

    I loved reading your story Barbe, and I am so glad that you are doing what feels right and good - being able to spend time with your daughter and still be creative! At age 52 I am 'over qualified' for most jobs in natural resources that I am applying for... so I am just getting started on Etsy and trying to figure out how to earn a living at home. Seeing your schedule and how you set time aside to work (and play) was really good information. Your jewelry is awesome by the way! Thanks!

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 6 years ago

    Inspiring! - Love PMC, so versatile.Congrats

  • MishaBellone

    MishaBellone said 6 years ago

    Your Presentation is very stylish and professional :)

  • artbrain

    artbrain said 6 years ago

    "Never let the fear of others determine the path that you are meant to take." Such great advice. Thanks for your inspiring article!

  • Jasio

    Jasio said 6 years ago

    wow beautiful work!

  • 4mydaughters

    4mydaughters said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration, I needed to read the part that said not to wait for the world to decide for me! I hope that I can do as well as you, Thank you again for being such an inspiring woman! Cheers! :-)

  • valerieoutlet

    valerieoutlet said 6 years ago

    Best of luck to you!!

  • jmooredesignLLC

    jmooredesignLLC said 6 years ago

    I love your work.

  • shabbyandchic

    shabbyandchic said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I love your work...and a dream of mine to quit my day job. I am always creating and crafting and also have multiple vintage items to sell. Just need to get busy.

  • NewGalexC

    NewGalexC said 6 years ago

    It's great to read about people who commit to creating their art. Thanks for some much needed inspiration. Your jewelry is wonderful!

  • Eleven11designs

    Eleven11designs said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is absolutely beautiful! Very inspiring. So nice to see a fellow artist from Akron, OH :-) That is where I was born!

  • SimplyBiana

    SimplyBiana said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing with us! Your work is incredible!

  • simpleluxury

    simpleluxury said 6 years ago

    It is wonderful meeting another artist from Ohio, I think that we need to start a team, since there seems to be quite a few of us. You work is beautiful and congrats for being able able to pursue it fulltime.

  • LisaLMK

    LisaLMK said 6 years ago

    Loved your story. Totally relate to your time with hospice and following that direction in a creative way. I am very happy for you and especially for your daughter !

  • babybuntingetc

    babybuntingetc said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on living your dream. I agree, that we can find the most important things in life are free, family and friendships. I too just got laid off last May, and love being my own boss, doing something I love to do. Also, would like to thank Etsy for providing a place to share our creations with the world.

  • lilysoffering

    lilysoffering said 6 years ago

    You have inspired me to one day pick up the art of PMC. I have dabbled in it for a little but for now I work in wax. I have seen your shop previously and have always admired your work. ROCK ON!

  • JGRousseau

    JGRousseau said 6 years ago

    Loved reading about your business -- very inspiring and interesting. Beautiful jewelry!

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 6 years ago

    Nice stuff you do. You sound grounded and that is important to this business. I envy you to be able to quit.

  • sydandmarc

    sydandmarc said 6 years ago

    That's awesome! All of the quit your day job stories are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your happy ending, you are beautifully living the dream life.

  • debrossehardesty

    debrossehardesty said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry. Barbe, you're an inspiration, thanks for telling your story. :)

  • marla294

    marla294 said 6 years ago

    Lovely jewelry. Thank you for sharing!

  • ACurveRTwo

    ACurveRTwo said 6 years ago

    Great jewelry. Awesome journey. The best to you!

  • ACurveRTwo

    ACurveRTwo said 6 years ago

    Great jewelry. Thanks for sharing your gift. It WILL make room for you.

  • judemcconkey

    judemcconkey said 6 years ago

    our Soulyour shop is one of the first people I noticed when I joined Etsy.. your work is stunning and I think you're an amazing artist. Love the interview and a chance to get to know you better, Barbe!

  • FlowersFromFatima

    FlowersFromFatima said 6 years ago

    I love this story...So inspiring! I really wish greater success to you!

  • Urbanknit

    Urbanknit said 6 years ago

    i'm feeling very inspired! don't tell my boss though, haha

  • patcher

    patcher said 6 years ago

    Just saw you work. Amazing. Off to pick out a piece for myself. Congrats on your success.

  • shopkoolgifts

    shopkoolgifts said 6 years ago

    Wonderful inspiration to those of us who have lost our jobs and those who are wanting to. Love the breakdown of your day and that your family is a big part of it! Kudos!!

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving said 6 years ago

    YOur daughter is beautiful. Enjoy every moment with her. I'm glad you have this chance.

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst said 5 years ago

    very unique

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  • niashaniwashington

    Niashani Washington said 1 year ago

    Very Inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

  • judithwatson4

    Judith Watson said 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing your experience and your aspirations - you have a beautiful "inside" :-) I'm happy that you were given the opportunity to pursue your passion, I know how important that is to fulfillment - and we all need to feel fulfilled, after all what would life be like living any other way?! Your work is beautiful, may you continue to grow, personally and professionally! Wish you all the best that life has to offer-take care :-)

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